Vegetarian Diet - A Better Choice
Although Ayurveda has not prohibited meat, it is always better to eat pure vegetarian diet. Fresh vegetarian diet containing dairy and little sweet taste is sattvic in nature. As meat is obtained from dead animals , consuming meat always enhances the chances of violence and decay. It is said that basically all human beings are vegetarians and fruitarians. Vegetarian foods have high roughage contents, all nutritional elements in sufficient quantity, are very cheap and increase body resistance quickly.
Fiber content in vegetarian food prevents synthesis of VLDL – very low-density lipoproteins, which are bad and can lead to heart diseases. Especially red meat contains high amount of saturated fats, which are bound to increase cholesterol levels leading to heart attacks. This roughage also helps to eliminate fecal matter from large intestine easily. Meat eaters usually suffer from constipation, as it does not contain fiber. This is the reason why diseases like ulcerative colitis and colon cancer are more common in meat eaters.
Food also heals
Raw and uncooked vegetables and fruits have many qualities for curing ailments. Incidence of heart disease, cancer and chronic degenerative diseases is low in persons who are pure vegetarians. Meat also contains more number of bacteria and parasites that can prove harmful to the health of human beings. Majority of the victims of food poisoning due to salmonella is found in meat and fish eaters.
Anatomy and physiology of herbivorous and carnivorous animals
Teeth and intestines of human being are different from that of carnivorous animals. Carnivorous animals have long, sharp, and pointed teeth, small salivary glands as it is not required for digesting vegetables and grains. Meat eating animals secret more hydrochloric acid, which is required for digestion of proteins. They also have proportionately larger liver, which can neutralize 10 to 15% more uric acid than humans. The intestinal tract of these animals is only 3 times body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass out of the body quickly. While humans have intestinal tract which is 10-12 times body length.
Environment and Ecology
Eating meat is against environment. Because to produce one pound of meat lot of grass, cereals and water must be fed to livestock. One acre of land, which will produce one ton of beef, will produce 10 to 20 tons of highly nutritious food. Meat producing industries disturb ecology by throwing lot of waste and washing into river.
The modern medical system classifieds food differently – proximate principles of food meaning protein, fats, carbohydrates; vitamins and minerals, as well as calories. These are the main consideration according to them.
There is a misconception that, meat has monopoly on protein, and that, larger amounts of protein required for strength and energy is not correct. Many people start eating meat because of fear of protein deficiency.
But the truth is, that the legumes and beans contain lot of proteins. And this protein is lighter for digestion. Various studies have shown that proper balanced vegetarian diet provides more nutritional energy than meat.http://ayurveda-foryou.com/treat/vegdiet.html